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    With prestige television on the rise and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu creating more TV shows than people have time to watch, it can be hard to parse the good series from the great ones. INSIDER used voter data from Metacritic to see which TV shows regular people believe are the greatest of all time.

    Keep reading for a look at the 20 series you need to watch in your lifetime.

    "Sherlock" (BBC)

    Stories of Sherlock Holmes have been retold through countless mediums since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first published his mystery novels in the late 1800s. But Benedict Cumberbatch's incarnation of the witty detective has captivated millions in a way no other remake has before. 

    BBC has produced 13 total episodes of "Sherlock," with the possibility of more still to come.



    "Lost" (ABC)

    The early seasons of "Lost" are considered some of the best-produced network television in history by fans. "Lost" charts the dramatic and sometimes supernatural story of plane-crash survivors stuck on a mysterious island. 

    Though the final seasons left a sour taste in some fans' mouths, there's no denying the compelling storytelling of "Lost."



    "Deadwood" (HBO)

    Ian McShane co-starred on HBO's semi-historical western drama "Deadwood." The show received wide critical acclaim, but was canceled after three seasons. 

    Now dedicated fans may get a more rounded conclusion to the series with a movie, though no official announcement has been made by HBO.



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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode seven of "Riverdale," titled "Tales From the Darkside."

    Cheryl Blossom has always been "Riverdale's" unabashed queen. 

    Played brilliantly by Madelaine Petsch, the teen has no qualms about going to the extreme to hit back at those who have wronged her or her friends — after all, she did burn her own house down and threaten her mom's life. Wednesday's episode of the hit CW drama shows Cheryl going even further by appearing to frame Chuck Clayton for stalking Josie.

    Fans immediately didn't know what to think.

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    Cheryl and Josie start the episode with a visit to Josie's locker where she finds a teddy bear holding a note that says, "I'll be watching you." Cheryl initially asks who the secret admirer leaving Josie multiple presents could be. 

    Later, Chuck finds Josie rehearsing and asks her on a date. She says no because he is a "chauvinistic, misogynistic, harasser of women," and then discusses everything with Cheryl who says it's "vile." 

    If you need a refresher, Chuck is the same kid who took Veronica on a date on season one, spread rumors that the two took their relationship further than they did, was confronted by Betty and Veronica who handcuffed him in a hot tub until he confessed, and was then expelled for contributing to a book that rated women at the school. He wasn't a good guy. 

    When leaving school, Josie gets a little scared and runs into Chuck. She asks for a ride, and they end up on a date at Pop's Diner. Chuck tells Josie that he is going to church and art classes and is trying to change. The date is quickly interrupted by Josie's angry mom, Mayor McCoy. The mayor informs Josie she has received death threats in the wake of the Black Hood's presence in Riverdale. 

    The following morning, Cheryl is surprised and a bit angry at Josie while discussing the date with Chuck. She questions why Josie didn't tell Sheriff Keller that Chuck was "low-key stalking" her. When the two enter the music room, they find a box and a rolled up note. 

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    The note features a drawing of Josie with a threat that says, "If I can't have you, no one can." And inside, the box holds a pig's heart covered in blood. Cheryl and Josie then go to confront Chuck.

    "This sick game you're playing with my girl ends now," Cheryl says. "Some people may be buying the snake oil you're peddling, but not me. You're still the same Chuck that thinks women are playthings to possess and torture."

    Chuck denies everything, but is taken to the principal's office and then questioned by Sheriff Keller who doesn't believe Chuck is the one making the threats. Cheryl is later shown making a drawing of her and Josie with a smirk on her face.

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    This moment led some fans to think that Cheryl likes Josie. 

    Others were just still confused.

    Or Cheryl could just be trying to get back at the men who have hurt women in Riverdale, like Chuck and Nick St. Clair. 

    Cheryl has endured some incredible hardships — including the murder of her brother at the hands of her father, deceit from her parents about their hidden drug ties, and an attempted rape — and isn't holding back. Whatever this drawing means, it's not out of the realm of possibility for Cheryl to be taking matters into her own hands. 

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode seven of "Riverdale," titled "Tales From the Darkside."

    After a week break, "Riverdale" returned Wednesday with some creepy moments. 

    From Jughead's odd ride to Greendale to Cheryl's behavior, fans were treated to some questionable moments. There is also mention of the Riverdale Reaper, an old killer who probably gets his name from the Grim Reaper, which everyone knows means death. He's also a Marvel character. 

    As always, the show snuck in some great pop culture and comic references, which INSIDER worked with Archie Comics to reveal.

    Here are seven details you might have missed.

    Jughead's Southside Serpent tattoo even has a crown.

    Jughead is rarely seen without his crown in both the comics and the show, where it's a beanie, and the crown is often squeezed in random places.

    Earlier this season, a crown was seen on his motorcycle helmet and he drew one on Archie's cast. 



    Cheryl calls Archie and Jug Bert and Ernie, a reference to the best friends on "Sesame Street."

    When Cheryl and Josie head to confront Chuck, Cheryl shoves Archie and Jug to the side while making the reference. 

    Later, she mentions "Shabbey Road Studios," which is a play on Abbey Road Studios, the recording studio closely associated with The Beatles.



    Jug has to deliver the crate to 115 Derby Street, which happens to be the same address as the House of the Seven Gables.

    The House of the Seven Gables is a mansion in Salem, Massachusetts that was made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The House of the Seven Gables." Considering Salem is known for the Salem witch trials and Greendale is the home of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the Archie Comics, this is a fun reference. 



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    • Bette Midler took to Twitter to share a video of a 1991 interview, in which she alleges that Geraldo Rivera drugged and "groped" her in the 1970s. 
    • In her tweet, Midler asked Rivera to apologize for the alleged incident.
    • Rivera drew controversy for defending Matt Lauer's alleged sexual misconduct on Twitter, which Rivera has since apologized for.

     

    On Thursday, Bette Midler shared a video of a 1991 interview she did with Barbara Walters, in which Midler alleges that Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera and a producer drugged and "groped" her in a bathroom in the 1970s. 

    "Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me," Midler tweeted.  "Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this. #MeToo"

    "He and his producer left the crew in the other room, they pushed me into my bathroom, they broke two poppers [the drug amyl nitrite] and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me," Midler told Walters in the interview. 

    Rivera's representatives did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

    This week, after reports of Matt Lauer's alleged sexual misconduct broke, Rivera took to Twitter to defend Lauer and the "flirty business" of news. 

    Five hours later, after the tweet drew controversy and led Fox News to issue a statement distancing itself from Rivera's comments, Rivera apologized for the tweet and called sexual harassment "a horrendous problem
    long hidden." 

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    2017 has been a prolific year for Netflix's original programming.

    After starting the year out with a cultural conversation-starter in "13 Reasons Why," the streaming service followed with a string of critically acclaimed new shows, including the serial-killer procedural "Mindhunter" and women's wrestling comedy "GLOW."

    To find out which new Netflix original shows released this year are worth your time, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to rank the shows by their composite critical reception.

    We excluded any show that did not have enough reviews to receive a designation of "Fresh" or "Rotten." We also did not include docu-series, children's shows, or talk shows, and we used audience scores to break any ties. 

    Here are the 26 notable Netflix original shows that debuted in 2017, ranked from worst to best, according to critics:

    SEE ALSO: All 54 of Netflix's notable original shows, ranked from worst to best

    26. "Disjointed"— 17%

    Critic score: 17%

    Audience score: 74%

    Netflix description: "Pot activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman runs a medical marijuana dispensary while encouraging her loyal patients to chill out and enjoy the high life."



    25. "Marvel's Iron Fist"— 17%

    Critic score: 17%

    Audience score: 77%

    Netflix description: "Danny Rand resurfaces 15 years after being presumed dead. Now, with the power of the Iron Fist, he seeks to reclaim his past and fulfill his destiny."



    24. "Gypsy"— 25%

    Critic score: 25%

    Audience score: 85%

    Netflix description: "Therapist Jean Holloway develops dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients' lives in this simmering psychological thriller."



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    • Jimmy Kimmel gathered together Ashton Kutcher, DJ Khaled, Kristen Bell, Bono, Rita Wilson, Bryan Cranston, and Sean “Diddy” Combs on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Thursday night.
    • They sang about the importance of donating to charity, particularly Bono's RED, because they're so rich.
    • "If we don't help people with AIDS, we're going to hell," goes the chorus.
    • Watch it below.

     

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    • Jimmy Kimmel and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore exchanged words on Twitter Thursday afternoon after Kimmel's show filmed a segment at a Moore event in Alabama. 
    • Kimmel continued to hash the feud out on Thursday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" 
    • Kimmel agreed to meet Moore "man to man" to discuss "Christian values," which Moore requested on Twitter.
    • Moore is running for a US Senate seat in Alabama amid accusations of sexual assault and allegedly pursuing relationships with underage girls.

     

    Jimmy Kimmel got into a Twitter fight Thursday with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore over "Christian values," sparked by a segment Kimmel's show orchestrated on Wednesday at one of Moore's campaign events. Kimmel continued to respond to Moore on Thursday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

    The feud started after Kimmel sent a "Kimmel Live!" writer to disrupt Moore's speech at an Alabama church on Wednesday night, by shouting phrases like "Does that look like the face of someone who hits on teenage girls," and "Does that look like the face of a molester," while Moore spoke.

    Moore is running for an open US Senate seat in Alabama amid accusations of sexual assault and allegations that he pursued relationships with teenage girls while in his 30s. He has denied those allegations.

    ".@jimmykimmel If you want to mock our Christian values, come down here to Alabama and do it man to man. #ALSen," Moore tweeted Thursday afternoon.

    "Sounds great Roy - let me know when you get some Christian values and I’ll be there!," Kimmel tweeted back at Moore.

    Kimmel read the Twitter exchange during his opening monologue on Thursday night: "And I responded, and he responded back, and I responded again. It's all on Twitter, but the bottom line is this: I accept the invitation. I will come down there."

    Kimmel went on to reference a rumor that Moore was banned from an Alabama mall for his interactions with underage girls, and he agreed to meet Moore at that same mall with a group of cheerleaders.

    "If you can somehow manage to keep little Roy in your little cowboy pants when those nubile cheerleaders come bounding in," Kimmel said, "we'll have a little Panda Express and we'll talk about Christian values."

    Kimmel considered whether Moore's request to "do it man to man" meant that Moore wanted to fight him.

    "If you are, I accept by the way. I accept that invitation," Kimmel said. "There is no one I would love to fight more than you. I will put my Christian values aside just for you and for that fight."

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two of "Stranger Things."

    Netflix officially announced a third season of "Stranger Things" is on its way — but so far details of the coming storylines are scarce. The second season of "Stranger Things" came to an ominous close with the Shadow Monster/Mind Flayer keeping watch over Hawkins.

    Among the questions of what the Mind Flayer's next move could be and how it affects Eleven, we have plenty of other burning queries when it comes to the series.

    Keep reading for a look at the biggest unresolved mysteries we need answered on season three.

    SEE ALSO: Everything we know about 'Stranger Things' season 3

    What will the Mind Flayer do next? Are there other gateways between the Upside Down and the human universe?

    The final shot of "Stranger Things 2" showed the Mind Flayer creepily standing over Hawkins Middle School. 

    On the seventh episode of Netflix's "Beyond Stranger Things," The Duffer Brothers discussed the ending with Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven).

    "This thing is very aware of Eleven," Ross Duffer said. "They've come face to face."

    "I'm screwed," Millie Bobby Brown said.

    "You're screwed," Ross replied. "I would be worried about Eleven. You slammed the door on him."'

    For more on what this might mean for Eleven, read our full explainer here.



    Does Will still have True Sight? Can he access the Upside Down?

    When Mike and Dustin realized what was happening to Will and his "flashbacks" into the Upside Down, they referred to his ability as True Sight. Due to the time he had spent in the Upside Down and in the Demogorgon's lair, Will forged a special connection with the alternate universe.

    Will this connection remain intact even after the Mind Flayer's shadow was exorcised out of him? Or was that link destroyed?



    Will Eleven’s powers keep expanding?

    Between her crazy levitating showdown with the Mind Flayer and her apparent ability to recover more quickly using her telekinesis, Eleven is on her way to being even more of a badass powerhouse than we'd realized.

    Not only can she move larger objects now, but she also began having dream-visions of the Void. On the first season she needed to intentionally seek someone in the Void using their photo, but now it appears as if her subconscious is doing the work for her. 

    Are there more super powers hiding inside Eleven? Will her current abilities become even more advanced?



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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Stranger Things" season two.

    Netflix officially announced a third season of its hit series "Stranger Things" on Friday, much to the delight of expectant fans. Though we still don't know when to expect the next installment, nor how many episodes the season will be, "Stranger Things" fans are still celebrating the news.

    Why we might get up to five total seasons of "Stranger Things"

    In an August interview with Vulture, The Duffer Brothers also revealed that a fourth season is likely. Then executive producer and director Shawn Levy told Entertainment Weekly that there could even be a fifth season on the map.

    "The truth is we're definitely going four seasons and there's very much the possibility of a fifth," Levy told EW. "Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely."

    There was a gap of just over one year between "Stranger Things" season one and two, so fans can likely expect a similar timeline for the next season's premiere. As for what the possible future seasons will focus on, we have to turn to the  Shadow Monster, aka the Mind Flayer.

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    The Mind Flayer will play a role in the future

    Season two ended with the sweetest middle school dance we've ever seen, but then ominously shifted to the Upside Down to reveal the Mind Flayer still watching over Eleven, Mike, and their friends.

    Even though Eleven closed the gate to the Upside Down, the monster lurking in the creepy alternate dimension isn't gone. This will spell trouble for the future of Hawkins.

    "They've shut the door on the Mind Flayer, but not only is it still there in the Upside Down, it's very much aware of the kids, and particularly Eleven," Ross Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter. "It had not encountered her and her powers until that final episode. Now, it knows that she's out there."

    Expect another time jump between seasons

    The Duffers also told THR that another time jump is inevitable since the young actors are growing up quickly. The kids were all in 8th grade during "Stranger Things 2," which means they should be starting high school in the next season.

    In addition to the Mind Flayer storyline, there was still the open-ended storyline involving Eleven's "sister," Kali, aka Eight. What about kids one through seven, nine, and ten? Did they escape Hawkins Lab too? Are there more out there other than Eight/Kali? 

    All of these questions and more will hopefully be answered on the seasons to come.

    For more on "Stranger Things," including  13 details you might have missed on season twofollow INSIDER's coverage here.

    SEE ALSO: 19 classic movies that inspired 'Stranger Things' that every superfan should watch

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    • Billy Bush will be on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Monday.
    • This marks the first time Bush has been granted a late night interview since being fired by NBC for being in the now infamous "Access Hollywood" footage that surfaced during the presidential election.


    Billy Bush will be appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Monday, CBS has confirmed to Business Insider.

    This marks the first time the former TV host has agreed to be on a late night show since being fired by NBC after the now infamous "Access Hollywood" footage surfaced during the presidential election, which featured the host of the show, Bush, listening on as Donald Trump made disparaging comments about women.

    The announcement that Bush will be taping an interview with Colbert comes on the heels of the "Access Hollywood" video coming back into public light after recent reports that Trump has denied the authenticity of the footage.

    Bush's appearance on the show also comes as another NBC anchor has been fired over misconduct, "Today"co-host Matt Lauer.

    Colbert will obviously have a lot to talk about.

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    Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for the first three episodes of "Dark."

    Netflix is venturing into new territory with its thriller series "Dark." The mysterious family saga is set in a small German town. And yes, the whole show is subtitled for non-German speakers. "Dark" covers every thrilling trope from child abduction to government conspiracy to time travel. After reviewing the first three episodes (the first season is comprised of 10 hour-long episodes), we believe "Dark" is sure to become many people's next obsession.

    What's hot: "Dark" mixes the elements of already successful shows into a fresh drama.

    "Dark" is an engaging blend of everything people love about other Netflix originals like "Stranger Things,""Mindhunter," and even the divisive series "The OA."

    The show focuses on the lives of people in Winden, a small town which sits near a large power plant. When children begin disappearing, it becomes clear that a historical pattern is repeating itself. The show cuts between 2019, 1986, and 1953 — dropping clues along the way that something supernatural (and terrifying) is at work. 

    The cinematography, score, and performances of the ensemble cast are engaging and well-crafted. The series opens with a violent suicide quickly followed by the revelation that two of the characters are having a secret affair, giving it a much more adult tone akin to the first season of HBO's "True Detective."

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    The opening credits (a montage of clips resembling a Rorschach inkblot test) became more mesmerizing with each viewing as the characters were explored more and more. The way the credits' visuals are split into halves and thirds cleverly ties into the splintered timelines of the show. 

    "Dark" shares a familiar narrative skeleton with "Stranger Things." A young boy mysteriously vanishes, sending the town into chaos. The government facility on the outskirts of town is seemingly linked to the disappearance. Plus, portions of the show take place in the 1980s.

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    But the young actors are all teenagers and any warm-fuzzy nostalgia "Stranger Things" invokes is lost in the more violent and horrifying universe of "Dark." This new series is much more likely to leave you with nightmares than "Stranger Things."

    What's not: The subtitles and long character list might trip you up.

    For non-German speakers, the rotating cast of children and adults (and the young versions of adult characters) might get confusing.

    The show is entirely in German, though a poorly dubbed English version will play automatically for US audiences. We recommend switching it back to the regular German audio (but not the option of "German — audio description"), then turn on English captions.

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    By the third episode, when the 1986 timeline is shown in full for the first time, there were several characters that were clearly important but had been lost in the shuffle of names. Unfortunately the English captions don't list the name of the character speaking, so it might be even harder for US audiences to track the cast.

    The bottom-line: "Dark" is worth being your next binge. 

    If you like creepy crime/thriller shows, "Dark" is definitely worth exploring. It's the type of series that — if released weekly on a network like HBO — would likely spawn long discussions about theories and clues leading up to (what we assume will be) a mind-bending reveal. 

    Grade: B

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    • When "Jersey Shore" was in its prime, it was the most-watched show on MTV.
    • MTV recently announced that the cast is going to reunite for "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation."
    • The cast was known for their iconic tans, outfits, and hairstyles. And some of them haven't changed much.

    "Jersey Shore" was a phenomenon. People loved it, people hated it, people loved to hate it.

    These nine guidos and guidettes were among the most recognizable people on the planet. And people have been so passionate about a reunion that MTV finally listened.

    From the days of GTL, grenades, and smush rooms, to parenthood and marriage, the cast of Jersey Shore has grown up along with us. Let's see how their lives have changed since the show premiered back in 2009.

    Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki, became one of the breakout stars of the show.

    When "Jersey Shore" first began, the housemates did not particularly like Snooki all that much. Of course, everything changed with the Punch Heard 'Round The World, when an (ex)-gym teacher punched her in the face. The outrage was national, and turned this guy rightfully into a villain.

    After this incident, the housemates and America both decided to love Snooki for who she is: a ridiculous, hilarious human being. Everything she said was instantly quotable; "Where's the beach,""It was like trying to fit a watermelon into a pinhole," and "Meatball problems."



    She goes by Nicole now.

    Now, Nicole is a wife and mother of two. She's still close with her castmates, especially Jenni. In fact, the two of them had their own show "Snooki & Jwoww" which lasted for four seasons.

    She also has her own podcast ("It's Happening with Snooki and Joey"), clothing line (The Snooki Shop), Etsy store (Nicole's Craft Room), and has written three books. She's turned herself into a brand. Not bad for someone whose original claim to fame was getting punched in the face.



    Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino also shot to fame after the show premiered.

    Mike's antics got him into a lot of, for lack of a better word, situations. During his time on the show, he got in fights with every single other member of the cast. He actually put himself in a neck brace by ramming his own head into a wall before Ronnie could do it to him. 

    However, his personality and tendency to expose his abs all the time made him one of the most recognizable faces from the show. By season 6, The Situation was taking home $150,000 per episode.



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    Each year in television, one show stands out as the most critically acclaimed program of the year.

    Since the turn of the century, the reviews aggregator Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the year's most well-received TV show seasons by assigning scores based on their composite critical reception.

    We selected the top show from each year, starting with 2000. The resulting list includes repeated appearances from contemporary classics like "Breaking Bad,""The Wire," and "Mad Men" for their most notable seasons.

    Check out the best TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics:

    SEE ALSO: All 26 notable new Netflix original shows that debuted in 2017, ranked from worst to best

    2000: "The Sopranos" (Season 2)

    Critic score: 97/100

    User score: 9.3/10

    What critics said: "It's difficult to single out any particular aspect of the show: It's just plain brilliant."— Variety



    2001: "The Office: UK" (Season 1)

    Critic score: 98/100

    User score: 8.6/10

    What critics said: "It takes a little while to get into it (episode two clinched it for me), but once you get used to the accents and dry humor, you're hooked."— The Chicago Sun-Times



    2002: "The Office: UK" (Season 2)

    Critic score: 93/100

    User score: 8.9/10

    What critics said: "The pleasure to be taken from 'Office' isn't merely that of laughter — it's the pleasure of watching a piece of entertainment so perfectly made and so delicately acted."— Entertainment Weekly



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    • TV ratings for the National Football League have declined in each of the past two seasons.
    • RBC Capital Markets says that this is going to hurt ad sales as investors shy away in an increasingly competitive landscape.


    When it comes to TV ratings, the National Football League needs a Hail Mary.

    Average game viewership has fallen to 15 million this season, down from 16.5 million last year, and the lowest since 2008, according to data compiled by RBC Capital Markets.

    The firm also finds that the league's audience is down on a year-over-year basis, and notes that it hasn't seen meaningful growth since 2013, when the measure climbed 5%. RBC says this has had an adverse effect on how advertisers view the prospect of buying time slots during NFL games.

    "The sustained decline is what worries investors about media's willingness to offload the NFL's monetization risk," analyst Steven Cahall wrote in a client note.

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    RBC says possible reasons for the ratings skid include player protests, the NFL's ongoing concussion controversy, competition from politics, increased offerings from cable and entertainment providers, and an oversaturation of games. And there's also what Cahall considers to be the most obvious explanation:

    "When a Sunday or Monday Night game is 42-7 late in the 3rd quarter, the viewer may now opt to catch up on Stranger Things or Billions instead of watching through to the end," he said. " Five or ten years ago, an unexciting 4th quarter might still have been the best thing on TV."

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "Time for After."

    Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead" finally gave viewers some clarity on what's going on with Father Gabriel.

    The last time we saw Gabriel it looked like he was coming down with a fever — one of the first signs he's well on his way to becoming one of the undead. Fans didn't see Gabriel bit or scratched on screen, and it looks like he wasn't.

    Dr. Carson tells Eugene Father Gabriel is suffering from an infection.

    "Maybe more than one," says Carson on Sunday's episode. "It's attacking his organs."

    How did Gabriel get that infection? 

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    Eugene briefly assesses Gabriel's situation surmises that covering himself in walker guts wasn't a foolproof plan.  

    "I don't see an escape attempt without putting to use the same flawed technique of innards which landed you in your status, quote, 'piss poor,' condition," Eugene tells an ailing Gabriel.

    Never before on the show has covering yourself in zombie entrails resulted in someone getting sick. It's done all the time on "Fear the Walking Dead" and Rick has done the same a few times himself.

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    It's not exactly clear how Gabriel got sick from being covered in zombie guts. He didn't seem to wear them for too long. It's never said whether any of the particles got mixed into an open wound or in got in an orifice. There was a brief small scene where two walkers seemingly fell atop Gabriel and Negan that was never shown, but it's not clear if that had any effect on the priest.

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    One thing that may be worth noting is that any time Rick has covered himself in guts in the past, he has been pretty diligent about making sure it's on a cover he puts over his body. There's usually another layer of clothes between him and the guts. 

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    The same can't be said for characters on the show's spin-off. Nick has dived right in and embraced wearing the guts in the past. He has even covered up his entire face in blood to blend into a crowd of walkers. 

    Maybe Gabriel's tolerance isn't as high as others. Negan seems to be doing all right at the moment and he was in the same boat as Gabriel.

    Why this is bad news for Rick and the gang

    Father Gabriel doesn't come down with an illness in the comics, but Negan does figure out the Saviors can use the zombie guts to their advantage during the war. 

    In the comics, Negan encourages the Saviors to cover their weapons in zombie gunk so when they cut or scrape against one of Rick's group they'll infect them with the virus.

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    Negan already told Eugene that when the Saviors find a way out of the Sanctuary Rick is in for a world of hurt.

    Now that Rick has found the Sanctuary seemingly abandoned, Negan's group may very well be on their way to Alexandria or the Hilltop to pay an unexpected visit. Don't be surprised if you the Saviors mucking up their weapons in episodes to come.

    The mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead" airs Sunday, December 10 on AMC at 9 p.m. You can follow along with our "Walking Dead" coverage here.

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "Time for After."

    Sunday's "The Walking Dead" finally brought us back to Father Gabriel and it's not looking good as the priest is lying on his deathbed.

    Dr. Carson vaguely reveals Gabriel is suffering from multiple infections and that his organs are slowly failing. It looks like Gabriel may not make it out alive by the end of the show's mid-season finale.

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    If you're an avid reader of "The Walking Dead" comics, you may be thrown off by the show's current direction with the character. 

    Gabriel never acquires any sort of infection from disguising himself in walker guts in the comics. The character survives well beyond the war with Negan. He's killed in a more unexpected way. 

    How Gabriel dies in the comics

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    Father Gabriel becomes one of Rick's most trusted snipers. He grows his hair out a bit and becomes a vital member of Rick's militia in the fight against the group's next big threat.

    Unfortunately, Gabriel has a nasty fall from a lookout tower. Though a ladder rung breaks his fall, it winds up snapping his ankle. 

    When he calls out for help, he's met by one of the comic's latest villains who quickly puts him out of his misery by gutting him. 

    Gabriel is then left to be torn apart by a group of the undead. Harsh. 

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    If that scene looks familiar, it's because the end of Sunday's episode had a brief nod to it.

    When Rick walks up to the Sanctuary he notices a man hanging upside down from a ladder being eaten by several walkers. It's a near mirror of the scene above with Father Gabriel from issue #158.

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    It definitely wasn't Father Gabriel. Rick notes that this was one of his snipers and he's wearing different clothes that don't match with Gabriel's.

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    It would have been a lot of unnecessary work for the Saviors to go and hang Gabriel upside down just for the sake of it. Negan also gained some respect for the priest after spending some time with him. 

    Still, things aren't looking good for Gabriel at the moment. The fact that the show inserted that little nod to Gabriel's comic death in Sunday's episode teases an ominous fate for the priest.

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    Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead,""Time for After."

    Sunday's "The Walking Dead" showed that Eugene is really just looking out for himself and that others may be a little impatient when it comes to executing Rick's master plan. It also introduced another way survivors may become infected, which could spell disaster for Rick's group.

    The season's seventh episode had a lot of little callbacks to the comics that show watchers may have overlooked. Keep reading to see what you may have missed.

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    Dwight gives Eugene a menacing pep talk about how he needs to keep his mouth shut.

    Eugene figured out that Dwight betrayed Negan and now he has to decide whether or not to tattle on him to the Sanctuary leader.

    Dwight tried to scare him into keeping silent just a bit longer.

    "You don't got blood on your hands yet. But that's coming," he tells Eugene. "Once you do those things, you become those things and there’s no going back. No forgetting it."

     



    Dwight's talking about how the apocalypse has changed him, and how it made his old wife Sherry leave him.

    After escaping the Sanctuary, Dwight's wife Sherry left him a note at their old home apologizing for how she made him change.

    "But now you've killed and you've become everything you didn't want to be, and it's my fault," Sherry's note read. "You were better than me. Most people are. I let Daryl go because he reminded you of who you used to be, and I wanted to let you forget."



    A man with a portion of his face melted off helps secure the Sanctuary door from the undead.

    We've seen him before in season seven.



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    Warning: There are potential spoilers ahead for the mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead."

    AMC is promising that the 90-minute mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead" will have a moment everyone will be talking about the next morning. 

    What does that mean?

    We have a few guesses, but the most logical one is that a big character is going to get killed off. And, hopefully, it's not in the form of another brutal bat to the head.

    With ratings for the show stumbling south, "The Walking Dead" could really use a jump starter. What better way than to kill off a fan favorite? (Unless it's Daryl, because then everyone riots.) If someone gets killed off next Sunday, here's who we think is most likely to get the axe.

    9. Michonne — 10%

    Actress Danai Gurira was off filming Marvel's "Black Panther," but that doesn't mean she's a goner. Michonne's death would be a devastating one for Rick to handle and would help explain his tears at the start of season eight. 

    But she's one of the strongest female characters left on the show. Getting rid of her would be a risky move. Plus, we see her in the flash-forward at the season's start.



    8. Rosita — 20%

    Rosita hasn't been a fan favorite for a while. So it wouldn't be a big, shocking surprise to see her leave. 

    Plus, she gained some respect from fans Sunday night when she was one of the few characters speaking sense in keeping with Rick's plan. Maybe Rosita's turning a new leaf.



    7. Gregory — 25%

    Nothing would give us more pleasure than seeing Gregory squirm a bit. But as much as we'd love to see him go, he probably still has a few tricks up his sleeves.



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    As the year ends, so do some of your favorite TV shows.

    We said goodbye to a lot of shows in 2017, and with this being the first year Netflix decided to start canceling shows, it may seem like more shows are falling by the wayside compared to previous years.

    The networks, as usual, axed plenty of shows old and new, like the comedy "2 Broke Girls," which faltered in ratings later into its run. One of CBS's new show,"Wisdom of the Crowd," was cancelled after its star, Jeremy Piven, was accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of its premiere in September.

    We've also included in this roundup the shows that knew their end was coming, like  "Orphan Black,""Girls,""The Vampire Diaries," and "Bloodline." HBO's "Vice Principals," for example, was always set to be finished after two seasons. 

    Here are all the shows that were canceled this year, from broadcast to Netflix:

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    "Wisdom of the Crowd"— CBS, one season



    "Me, Myself & I"— CBS, one season

    "Me Myself, & I" hasn't been officially canceled, but it might as well be: after six episodes, it was pulled from the schedule. 



    "The Blacklist: Redemption"— NBC, one season



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    Netflix's prolific year in original programming has produced a number of critically acclaimed new shows.

    Three of the streaming service's original series that debuted in 2017 have even earned the rare designation of a 100% "Fresh" rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

    The satirical comedy-drama "Dear White People," the animated, puberty-centric sitcom "Big Mouth," and a reboot of the cult 1990s show "Mystery Science Theater 3000" all earned universally positive reviews on their way to notching an unblemished critic score on the site. 

    Here's why these three Netflix original shows were so critically acclaimed:

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    "Dear White People"

    Critic score: 100%; Audience score: 65%

    A serial adaptation of the acclaimed 2014 film of the same name, Netflix's "Dear White People" takes a satirical and incisive look at the issues that a group of students of color deal with while attending a fictional, predominately white Ivy League college.

    NPR's Eric Deggan called the series a "pop culture-savvy, sometimes explicit, always entertaining look" at the process of "young people negotiating a world where struggles over identity grow more complex every day."

    Netflix renewed the series for a second season over the summer, and production for it began later this year. 

    Watch the series on Netflix here.



    "Big Mouth"

    Critic score: 100%; Audience score: 79%

    "Big Mouth," an animated sitcom from comedian Nick Kroll and writer Andrew Goldberg, follows a group of teenagers adjusting to the trials of puberty, with a surreal and explicitly hilarious narrative that also feels true-to-life.

    Business Insider's Carrie Wittmer spoke to Goldberg about the series, and he described the show's writers room as "often [feeling] like you've sat in a day of therapy... where you're reliving these memories that are traumatic or embarrassing or awkward, but you're getting the feeling that other people have been through it, too."

    Netflix renewed "Big Mouth" for a second season less than a month after releasing its first 10-episode season in late September. 

    Watch the series on Netflix here.



    "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return"

    Critic score:100%; Audience score: 92%

    "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return" reboots a Comedy Central cult classic from the 1990s, wherein a human (played by comedian Jonah Ray, in this rendition) who is imprisoned on a spacecraft builds a team of sentient robots to watch bad movies with and crack jokes over the footage.

    The Los Angeles Times' Robert Lloyd described the new series as closely following the original show's formula, which has "grown legendary with time," and is "still a scrappy, silly thing, probably best experienced late at night, with friends."

    Netflix renewed the reboot for a second season last month, bringing the series total to 12 seasons.

    Watch the series on Netflix here.



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